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I hope you are all enjoying browsing through my Christmas Shop? You may have noticed that one of the sections in the Christmas Shop is Rachel's Top Picks - I thought I would just write a little blog post to explain this section in a bit more detail...

So basically, When you're looking for gifts I know that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start so I created this little collection to help inspire you with your gift buying! What you'll see is a selection of some of my top picks for Christmas gifts this year! They have all been personally selected by me because they are some of my best sellers, firm favourites from when I've shown them to people at markets or just ones that I and my little product testers personally love!

There are 25 gifts in total in my top picks section and believe me when I say it was so hard to narrow it down to just 25! I hope you enjoy browsing through the whole selection but I thought in this blog post I'd just highlight a few of these gifts in some more detail...

First up is our ever popular wooden peacock colours

Choosing this particular toy was a bit of a no-brainer because not only do absolutely love it, you guys do too! Every time I get some of these in stock they sell out straight away and it's easy to see why! Kids really love how fun the world looks through the different colours and parents love how this toy not only looks beautiful but can be a great education aid as well, encouraging little ones to explore the effects of mixing different colours over the top of each other! At just £17.50 too it's a very reasonably priced wooden toy that will last and last! I will have one more delivery before Christmas of these beautiful toys arriving at the start of December and I anticipate they will sell out fast again so you can pre-order yours here!

Next I want to highlight these beautiful little knitted dolls that come in gorgeous gift boxes!

I literally cannot get over how adorable these little knitted dolls are!! Am I too old to have one myself?!?

Next up, let me show you these super sweet little my first teddies...

Made from natural rubber and organic cotton, these little teddies are suitable from birth and make perfect natural teething toys too! No nasty chemicals in these lovely friends! Which would you choose - Alvin the Elephant or Havah the Bunny??

Finally, I had to share with you with the absolute sweetest little wooden train...

I chose this super cute little train because not only is it painted with such beautiful pastel colours, the little animal characters that ride in the carriages are unbelievably sweet! What little one wouldn't enjoy pulling this train around? And at just £19 there is a lot of play value in this toy.​

I hope you've enjoyed these little highlights from my top picks, click here to see the full collection which I hope helps to inspire your gift choices!

Happy Shopping!

Rachel x

So today is a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment!! Somehow or other during these crazy, crazy times I have managed to keep my little business going now for 2 years!!!

I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported my journey so far from the wonderful people who follow and interact with me on social media who allow me to not spend my days talking solely to myself to all my wonderful supporters who think of me when buying toys and gifts for people! I am also incredibly grateful for the fantastic cheerleading team that is other independent businesses! Going into business alone can be a daunting prospect and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t still be in business today without the support and advice I’ve received along the way from other wonderful independent businesses also out there doing their own incredible thing! So thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

And as one final thank you, I have organised an incredible giveaway to mark this occasion so make sure you’re on my Insta grid at 6pm tonight when I’ll be launching this fab giveaway!

Here's what you'll be able to win in this incredible giveaway:

💛£10 voucher to spend at @happycatkids

💛A pair of beautiful hand-made bloomers in vintage Christmas fabric from @littlepipengland

💛 A fantastic 15% off an item of your choice from @wishandwonderlondon

💛An incredible eucalyptus hoop from @rose.and.guy

💛A massive 20% off full priced items at @_bubbuh

💛A gorgeous set of handmade clips of your choice from @smallbutmightyclothing

💛A stunning dried flower and Pom Pom stem bunch from @christinamarie_art

💛A lovely organic cotton handmade hair clip set from @rhubarbthebird

2nd prize: Two further entrants will win a £5 Happy Cat Kids voucher each.

One extra prize: One lucky person can win one of @happycatkids brand new Gingerbread Man eco teddies made entirely from recycled plastic bottles!

To enter:

  1. Follow all the brands listed above on Instagram (this will be checked!)

  2. Head over to this original post @happycatkids and like the post

  3. Tag any friends who you think might be interested in this competition in the comments on the original post. Each tag gives you an additional entry so please only tag one person per comment

  4. To be in with a chance to win the eco-friendly gingerbread man you simply need to head to and sign up to the mailing list

This giveaway is in no way associated with or endorsed by Instagram.

You must be over 18 and based in the UK to enter.

The competition will run from Weds 4th until Midday on Sat 7th November.

Thank you all again and here’s to the next 2 years...

I hope you're all enjoying your half terms?!? For us, it's a bit of a wash-out so we've been doing a lot at home! So I thought it might be helpful to write up a little blog of some of our favourite indoor activities for those rainy days...

  1. Lego building

We do love a bit of Lego in the Happy Cat Kids house! I love the creativity it can unleash in the kids and also for little ones it's such a great activity for developing those fine motor skills that are so key for early writing! It's a proud day for us here today as my 5 year old just completed his first Lego set that he built all by himself!!

2. Baking

You may love or hate baking with kids but the kids do love it! For some slightly more healthy treat recipes I personally love anything from Fearne Cotton's cookbooks or there are some wonderful vegan treat recipes at The Natural Slice - yesterday we made some delicious chocolate and roasted chickpea clusters!

When baking with the kids wipe-clean aprons can be essential! We have a lovely selection on our site in Unicorn, Dinosaur or Transport designs.

3. Jigsaw Puzzles

OK so maybe this is more my favourite activity than the kids! But we do like to have a go at some puzzles! One of my favourites for little ones is this snake alphabet puzzle which is fab because not only it is it a lovely wooden puzzle but it also helps the kids with learning letters and colours too.

4. Crafting!

I have to admit, I do have to be in the right mood to do crafting with the kids so that's why I do love a ready-made set! That way you don't have to go hunting round the house for various random toilet roll middles, cotton wool and, dare I say the word, glitter!!! These casting sets are fab for slightly older kids (if you're not allergic to a little mess!!) Lots of different kits available: horses, dinosaurs, cars, animals, etc. and everything you need to make them is included in the sets.

If you prefer crafting that's a little more mess-free then I can recommend something like our beginner's embroidery kits. Lots more craft activities are available in our creative gifts section.

5. Puddle jumping!

You know what they say - if you can't beat them, join them! If the rain just won't let up then stick on a pair of wellies, grab one of our fabulous magic colour-changing umbrellas and get out there and get wet!!

I'd love to know what rainy-day activities your kids love, drop them in the comments below...

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